Alexander W. Hopper (1844-1925), son of Carson R. and Jane Rich Hopper, was born in Lincoln Co., Tenn. and died in Clay Co., Ark. He is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Greene Co., Ark. which is just across the county line, west of Rector, Ark. In 1870 he was in Haywood Co., Tenn. with his first wife, Sallie. In 1880 he was in Obion Co., Tenn. as a widower. 1900 found him in Clay Co., Ark. in Chalk Bluff with his third wife, Louisa J. (Lou) Scott. His pension application gives a fourth wife, Rebecca, whom he married in Piggott.
Alexander W. Hooper was first married on Dec. 24, 1867 in Gibson Co., Tenn. to Sarah (Sallie) A. Davis (1849- ) and they had (1) Carson Parrish Hopper (1869-1906) who married Margaret (Maggie) E. Vangilder (1876-1990) in 1893 in Rector. Their children were Lillie D. Hopper who married James Albert Wooten; Nellie B. married Lloyd Hammett; Inis Ethel married Orville Byron McIntosh; and Randolph Elvis (Rudy) Hopper married Maude C. Walker. (2) John R. Hopper (1871- ). (3) William Boney Hopper (1874-1920) married Tabitha Annie French (1872-1918) and had George E. Hopper (1896-1919); Nettie Jane died in a nursing home in Illinois and left two daughters: Esta May (1903-1978) married Elbert W. Jenkins, and they are buried at Pleasant Grove Cemtery; Carson Bishop Hopper (1906-1988) married Eula Beal; Minnie O. Hopper (1908- ); and Veda M. Hopper (1912- ).
Alexander’s second marriage was May 5, 1882 to Nancy J. Daniels in Obion Co., Tenn. and they had (4) Minnie F. Hopper (1883-1918) who married Hillery Luther Chapman (1874-1957) and had Charley and Geneva Chapman.
Alexander’s third marriage was to Louisa J. (Lou) Scott (1845-1918) on Mar. 1, 1885 in Obion Co., Tenn. She is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Green Co., Ark.
Alexander’s fourth marriage is listed in the Piggott courthouse on June 22, 1922 to Mrs. Josephine Vandermark. They are both from Piggott, and the ages are 75 and 60. The widow’s pension application gives the name Rebecca (Dec. 22, 1862-1950). Her full name was Rebecca Josephine Willis Vandermark, the widow of Francis A. (Frank) Vandermark (Feb. 1862, Ill.-18 Sep. 1920, Clay Co.). Franki s buried in the Hall Cemetery without a marker. Josephine and Frank had three children: Martha M. who married a Sullivan and had two children and was back living with her parents on the Stoddard Co., Mo. census in 1910; Mamie married Joe Hardin and had three children and is with her parents in 1920 in Piggott; and John Douglas Vandermark (1892-1955).
Alexander W. Hopper’s pension application was approved Aug. 6, 1908 for $75.00. He was in Company G, 27th Regiment Tenn. HE was disabled form paralysis and old age. He served from 1861 and 1865 in the Civil War. His widow’s application was approved in 1925. HE applied for a pension from Clay County.
J. C. Dent of Belle, Tenn. made this statement: “This is to certify that I belonged to Capt. F. J. Wood’s Company C, 27th Tenn. Reg. Inf. And knew A. W. Hopper personally. We belonged to the same Reg. and Co., and he made a good solider although troubled with weak eyes.”
Alexander was examined by Dr. C. G. Earle of Rector in June, 1908. (They had to prove they were disabled and destitute before they were entitled to a pension.) Dr. Earle said, “He had paralysis of right side of the body. He had almost no use of foot and leg on that side. I think it originated from the kidney. He is 75 percent disabled.”